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Italy’s Growth Seen at Risk If Meloni Lets Female Work Law Lapse

  • Minister calls for next government to keep legislation going
  • Current frontrunners have voted against gender quotas in past
Elena Bonetti
Elena BonettiPhotographer: Roberto Serra/Getty Images

Italy’s next government risks harming the economy’s long-term prospects if it doesn’t keep new measures to help women enter the workforce, according to Premier Mario Draghi’s equal opportunities minister.

“It will be up to them to decide if they want to push forward or go back,” Elena Bonetti said in an interview in Rome on Thursday. “There are studies showing that increasing female participation to the level of some of Europe’s most inclusive countries would boost gross domestic product by 10%.”